SANTA MONICA, Calif., 2 July 2007 — Demonstrating its ongoing commitment to keeping its members at the cutting edge of professional audio technology and techniques, the Producers & Engineers Wing and The New York Chapter of The Recording Academy®, in association with eSession.com and XM Productions-Effanel Music, presented an evening of networking that introduced a standing-room-only crowd to a new form of musical collaboration. eSession.com, an Internet-enabled, software-based system that allows musicians, producers, mixers and engineers to work together regardless of geography, time zone or computer operating system, co-sponsored the event entitled “New Alternatives For Professional Recording,” which took place on June 14 at the Fredrick P. Rose Hall, Studio A, the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Shown from L-R: Engineer/producer Dave O’Donnell, P&E Wing Executive Director Maureen Droney, Engineer/producers Frank Filipetti, Kevin Killen; and Jim Anderson and Katherine Flatt of NYU’s Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music
Shown from L-R: Executive Director of The Recording Academy’s New York Chapter Elizabeth Healy, engineer/producer Jimmy Douglass, eSession.com co-founder/CEO Gina Fant-Saez, eSession co-founder Kevin Killen, P&E Wing Executive Director Maureen Droney, Senior Vice President of XM Productions-Effanel Music Randy Ezratty, Engineer/producer Dave O’Donnell and Engineer/Producer Ernie Lake.
Photographs Courtesy of The Recording Academy®/WireImage.com ©2007, Photographed by: Gary Gershoff/WireImage
After Randy Ezratty, Senior Vice President of XM Productions-Effanel Music, and Elizabeth Healy, Executive Director of the Academy’s New York Chapter, welcomed the crowd, Maureen Droney, Executive Director of the P&E Wing, reaffirmed The Recording Academy’s mission to continue to bring the music and recording community together. “The music business has been steadily evolving, and The Academy’s P&E Wing has done the same,” Droney stated. “We are constantly looking for new technologies and methodologies to keep our members informed, and to give them the critical advantages they need to remain successful in this fast-changing world. The eSession.com team has worked long and hard to develop an innovative product that they feel will not only generate business for its users, but also help bring the recording community together.”
During the course of ongoing demos in Studio A, leading members of the eSession.com team, including company co-founder Kevin Killen, a five-time GRAMMY® winner, showed groups of attendees how eSession.com can help remove time and space barriers to musical collaboration. As Killen and eSession.com co-founder and CEO Gina Fant-Saez demonstrated, eSession’s Internet portal handles matching talent to projects, negotiating costs, and technical facilitation, ultimately expediting the creative process.
“eSession.com combines talent and technology creating a much wider world in which to work and collaborate,” Fant-Saez told attendees. “For artists, it’s a chance to work with musical talent, producers, engineers and mixers in a way they have not had access to before. And for these individuals, it’s an opportunity to increase their revenues and range of work by providing them the possibility of a worldwide client base. It’s our goal to help bring together a global music community and allow anyone, anywhere to collaborate like never before.”
Established in 1957, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc., also known as The Recording Academy, is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY® Awards, The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs -- including the creation of the national public education campaign What’s The Download® (WhatsTheDownload.com®). For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com.
Currently, 6,000 professionals comprise the Producers & Engineers Wing, which was established for producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals in the recording community. This organized voice for the recording community addresses issues that affect the craft of recorded music, while ensuring its role in the development of new technologies, recording and mastering recommendations, and archiving and preservation initiatives.